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Luann by Greg Evans for July 22, 2021

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  14 days ago

    Oh, Bernice, really?

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    AnyFace  14 days ago
    Well, at least they’re communicating. ✨
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    Chocolate   14 days ago

    A faint hint that Bernice acknowledges she’s human?

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    lvlax  14 days ago

    We can start making out again once they release you from the Sanitarium. There…parameters set!

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    Tyge Premium Member 14 days ago

    Bernice is hot to trot! Nil should be the perfect damper for her hormone flush. After all, he’s no Quill!

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    TheThingIs  14 days ago

    eladee AKA Wally Looks like you were spot on with your comment about Bernice’s feelings. It doesn’t look like her central embarrassment is Nil as a person. Good for the both of Them.

    Does anyone want to take a gander at what her goal is?? Because I am lost. Why would someone (Nil)come up with rules when they don’t see a problem? And she expects him to be more strict?
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    eelee  14 days ago

    She’s going to lose Nil as Bernice’s personality is showing up too stringent for a good relationship.

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    DickJohnson  14 days ago

    Well done BerningDesire, first your setting how the relationship works, now your putting the details on Nil which means it’ll be Nils fault if the parameters aren’t followed and you can’t possibly be blamed

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    Tyge Premium Member 14 days ago

    As Anyface said! At least now they are communicating! Not just talking past one another.

    It’s gonna be interesting to see what kinds of “parameters” they come up with! 8^ )

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    BJShipley1  14 days ago

    She might as well start stocking up on the cats now.

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    megwash14 Premium Member 14 days ago

    First rule of our Make Out Club: There are no rules.

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    Scarlet Shimmer  14 days ago

    Trust me B, u have stringent plenty covered.

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    TheThingIs  14 days ago

    Why doesn’t Bernice think they can get to know each other, and and kiss in the park?? She’s already gone to his art gallery opening. That’s a very unique way of getting to know someone. What’s juvenile about that?

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    Scarlet Shimmer  14 days ago

    Man, Greg dusted off his thesaurus for this arc!

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    Mordock999 Premium Member 14 days ago

    I DON’T believe it!

    Bernice is asking Nil, not only his opinion, but to take some involvement in their “relationship!”

    What a Stunner!

    And a refreshing change of pace from that “romance thing” featured in the last arc! ;)

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    Rhetorical_Question   14 days ago

    Amazing revelation! He said no motel! How about no conversation about Luann?

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    Brdshtt Premium Member 14 days ago

    Things are hitting the skids. Bernice is facing him with her arms crossed. Also, does her head look abnormally large in the last panel?

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    kenhense  14 days ago

    This would be funny if it wasn’t sad.

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    Joe Petitjean  Premium Member 14 days ago

    I’m lost I don’t know what Bernice really wants from Nil.

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    Airman  14 days ago

    I love it when they talk dirty.

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    Willow Mt Lyon  14 days ago

    A mechanical relationship is what Bernice wants. No doing this and no doing that. No crossing the line even a little bit. Nil, you are going to feel like you’re bound in chains. Break free while you can.

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    Gordo4ever  14 days ago

    B. is turning into a lust-bucket! ’bout time.

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    capricorn9th  14 days ago

    Lord, Bernice. Parameters? You are not in an office and Nil is not your patient. And it is you who want to set parameters therefore you start. Don’t put Nil in this position since this is your issue and your idea. And I am telling you – this won’t work.

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    gnmnrbl  14 days ago

    For the love of…hey bernice, it’s a make-out session, not boot camp. Just relax and enjoy it. Talk about anal, must’ve been toilet trained at gun point. lol

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    Ruth Brown  14 days ago

    Bernice wants to make out, but her public persona does not. They should have a make out game: when a certain word is used in conversation instead of a drink, they kiss.

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    sfknight  14 days ago

    Poor Nil. Those is more crazy than for which he’s ready

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    SJhapamama  14 days ago

    No means no and … Never on Sunday! ;-)

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    amethyst52 Premium Member 14 days ago

    Go to the movies, or the drive in movie.

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    JCB  14 days ago

    Nil should be beating his head against the nearest brick wall any moment now.

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    Dale 15  14 days ago

    Bernice is a buzz kill and a drip.

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    go_gorainbow  14 days ago

    It seem like Bernice only wants the physical relationship but not a real relationship.

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    Caldonia  14 days ago

    Is this supposed to be a safe sex chat?? But you’ve already covered that, Mr. Evans, and every non-religious person has already decided you’re a prude!

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    Homeboy1865  14 days ago

    I get it. Any time things start to go too far, just bring up Luann. No greater parameter for a buzz kill.

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    reedkomicks Premium Member 14 days ago

    Lol, this is the funniest banter by far in recent memory!

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    Aladar30 Premium Member 14 days ago

    Nice! Bernice admits she can’t trust herself (and her hormones) and see Nil as someone more conscious, serious and able to control himself. In short, she sees him as someone she can trust without the slightest doubt♡. Let’s hope Nil will be able to handle this responsibility.

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    rob mccallum Premium Member 14 days ago

    Ok parameters… If it feels good we keep doing it. If it stops feeling good it’s time to do something else.

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    Asharah  14 days ago

    Hows this Bernice, stop wearing tank tops and skinny jeans.

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    DavidEdwards2  14 days ago

    Bernice is showing growth and it scares her. Good story arc!

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    Faith :)  14 days ago

    Yup, they’re perfect for each other

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    David Huie Green-Life is good  14 days ago

    Parameter: generally, any characteristic that can help in defining or classifying a particular system. An element of a system that is useful, or critical, when identifying the system, or evaluating its performance, status, condition. Example: activities including intellectual discussion, art appreciation, pleasurable physical touch may be included while Latvian political discussion and actual reproductivities might not be part of the system.

    Perimeter: boundary beyond which being, going, doing is not permitted. Example: no exchange of bodily fluids other than saliva. No political discussion above that of dogcatcher and/or school board candidates.

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    sueb1863  14 days ago

    Bernice, you thought kissing Nil meant you were a shameless hussy. From the sound of things you’re going to be aiming for nothing more steamy than holding hands.

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    Johnnyrico  14 days ago

    Nil, walk away while you still have your sanity intact.

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    DavidE.Novak  14 days ago

    Communication! That’s good! Much, much better than a certain other character we know demanding that he drop everything he’s doing and bend to her will, because she says so. Good, keep the dialog going.

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    mjb515  14 days ago

    Get a room, Bernice.

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    mjb515  14 days ago

    Nil: “So you want me to tell you what to do?”

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    computerprogrammer2028  14 days ago

    Way too complex, even when it’s making out. Warning to Nil, she may be a major pain to be with for this five minutes of pleasure. Turn and bail to save yourself a journey of headaches and pain. Is she really worth all that for just a kiss? There’s a zillion of other girls out there that’ll be far less complex and nice to be with.

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    drewpamon  14 days ago

    Well he was the one who was unready for a hotel room. I don’t think Bernice would be as reluctant.

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    luann1212  14 days ago

    Wait for it. By that I mean how this part of the story arc will play out. This bewildering for Nil, it’s revealing for Bernice. Let’s see where it goes.

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    mvsvitak  14 days ago

    Well, I guess we know why Bernice is single

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    maxiesmom2 Premium Member 14 days ago

    sigh, oh Bern, go with the flow, make out. You don’t need parameters. For the first time as a young adult you have a guy who’s into you. don’t blow your chance to have some fun, life is not all work.

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    Jeffin Premium Member 14 days ago

    Let’s keep it to the days of the week that end in Y.

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    linus82  14 days ago

    No le conviene a Nil intentar tener una relación con Bernice, ella va a querer controlar cada aspecto de su vida.

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    Troglodyte  14 days ago

    I sense the start of another making out session… :D

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    Rocknaww  14 days ago

    Is Bern suggesting that she is a bad girl and Nil should punish her?

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    PeterPirate  14 days ago

    Take charge, Nil. You started this.

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    Ellis97  14 days ago

    Bernice, do you want to be with Nil or not? If you do, forget the perimeters.

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    DawnQuinn1  14 days ago

    Careful Bern, you are gonna lose him.

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    superdbs  14 days ago

    Bernice’s weirdness is tiresome

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    Perplexed  14 days ago

    Nothing today changes my mind about Bernice. She’s worried that she’s too horny for her own good. The problem is that setting parameters is not necessarily the same as self-control.

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    rrsltx  14 days ago

    Simp

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    GovernmentCheese  14 days ago

    (Possibly) Unpopular Opinion Alert:

    Bern is not worthy of anyone’s affections or love. She is controlling, manipulative, judgmental, arrogant and just not nice – and all this came out of a vacuum as the people around her from what I have seen are actually caring people (exception Luann who is very self-centered).

    I think she’s the villain of the strip as she’s so easy to dislike.

    Change my mind :)

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    rickc1  14 days ago

    You just described my dating life in 1962.

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    Diane913  14 days ago

    she has managed to turn a possible relationship into a business transaction. She is the poster child for uptight

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    wongo  14 days ago

    OK sooo what are we talking about here ?

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    comic reader 22  14 days ago

    The problem with the Bernice character is that they have her needing to verbalize and dissect every single little minute aspect of any and all situations. If she would just keep her mouth shut and rely on her own judgement she could………….. I don’t know what I was thinking. Yes Bernice, you need a keeper. A zoo keeper.

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    ctolson  14 days ago

    His “paint brush”.

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    RadioDial Premium Member 14 days ago

    That is what I wish I could go back in time and tell the 17 y/o me, that girls are just as horny(er) as guys.

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    comicboyz  14 days ago

    Poor Bernice, she is going to logic away romance instead of letting passion carry her.

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    ElwoodP  14 days ago

    Possibly they would have a better time setting parameters if they were nude.

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    buer  14 days ago

    Well, actually she keeps asking for parameters and keep asking for Nil to set them because between yesterday and today, she has mentioned twice that if it’s up to her she will be out of control.

    She feels she is ready to do anything and that scares her so she needs to hear someone else set boundaries, like no making love on a park bench at noon. Then she will feel frustrated, because that’s exactly what she wanted to try, making love on a park bench at noon in front of everybody, but she will feel relieved in the knowledge she is abiding by the rules.

    The irony is that she is so self conscious that the “out of control” behavior she is so afraid of is certainly not as I described above (the noon thing) but certainly quite mild and acceptable by everybody. Remember her conversation with Nancy. She just kissed Nil, nut then she described herself as a mix of Succubus and Jezabel.

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    srmalone  14 days ago

    Wish the writers would give Bernice a year-long vacation, somewhere out of this once fun comic strip.

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    Queen of America Premium Member 14 days ago

    Why is she dressed for summer but he’s dressed for winter?

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    overtherainbow  14 days ago

    If this ends up turning Nil into another Gunther, I’ll have a major sad.

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    Crann Bethadh  14 days ago

    At this point, I think that Bernice really needs to stop overanalyzing everything, loosen up, and have that big vocabulary of hers reduced to “Oh! oh!” ;-)

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    RSH  14 days ago

    this self imposed abstinence is very Bernice. But I have a feeling that it will only last so long.

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    montylc2001  14 days ago

    Lord help their kids if they ever have any……

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    tremaine53  14 days ago

    Bernice is desperately trying to avoid taking any responsibility for what she wants. God, she’s neurotic!

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    tomjudytx  14 days ago

    I always recommended dating someone for a length of time if you think you like them enough to be considered good boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner material . Mainly because most folks are on their best behavior early in a relationship. Date long enough so all the “crazy comes out” of this person.Bernice is getting that out there right up front. Maybe Nil will be ok with it.

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    AndreaR  14 days ago

    Let’s face it, so long as Bernice is so tightly buttoned up in her parameters and restrictions, she will never accept a free spirit. I know what she needs, but this is a family strip, so I’m not sure what will loosen her buttons. Nil may not find the value in hanging on to this relationship.

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    John McCready  14 days ago

    Motel room, Nil! NOW!

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    Ropey Wee Yoofo  14 days ago

    Nil is really disappointing. I laughed at his “art” before, but I didn’t go so far as to assume he was a poseur. Now I think he might be, because he’s thinking in terms of “making out” rather than of his affection for Bernice.

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    mindjob  14 days ago

    Nil should dump her and find a rich old widow who likes his “art”

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    corpcasselbury  14 days ago

    Walk away, Nil, while you still can.

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    YorkGirl  Premium Member 14 days ago

    Just shaking my head. Unless Nil says the “unsaid”, this relationship is doomed.

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    comic reader 22  14 days ago

    There are a lot of couples who make agreements about sex when dating. For instance, the man would then know that he shouldn’t push the physical loving past the point where the woman would do something she doesn’t really want to do. It gives them both equal responsibility for restraint instead of it always being the woman putting on the brakes. Of course there is that eventual night when everyone forgets their good intentions and the “parameters” go right out the window! Next week we’ll see Bernice and Nil bemoaning their lack of commitment to the “rules of engagement” that they establish today. These two are so clumsy and awkward it’s actually getting pretty funny to watch. I just wish Nil would get a makeover. Cannot Greg draw two eyes? I know he can!

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    dlorton  14 days ago

    Run Run Run……..far away Nil.

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    ttuerff  14 days ago

    She won’t even hold hands? Sheesh, Bern. Join a convent.

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    DG  14 days ago

    Really Nil. Your going to put up with this for just first base. Either you are deeply in love or your the biggest idiot in the Luannverse.

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    eladee AKA Wally  14 days ago

    So she wants HIM to shoulder ALL the responsibility for them going too far?

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    Decepticomic  14 days ago

    Hope the sex is worth it, eventually.

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    ndblackirish97  14 days ago

    Parameters? Ok. I’ll start. “Make out sessions at my dorm room where we’ll have more privacy and no Luann sightings.” lmao

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    CrazyLady Premium Member 14 days ago

    Wow….. Just wow Bernice…..

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    Airman  14 days ago

    On an attractive scale of 1 to 10, Ann Eiffel’s butt ranks higher than Bernice’s whole body.

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    BJShipley1  14 days ago

    For anyone who thinks this strip will eventually get into a mature and honest treatment of sex (as in, these young adults might one day decide to engage in it) let’s remember that Greg Evans made this:

    https://imgur.com/tCpJxM3

    Does Bernice really seem any more mature now than Luann did back then?

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    Femi Aminat  Premium Member 14 days ago

    My goodness Bern, Nil & self control? Maybe they need to cozy up and watch: 9-1/2 weeks, sex ,lies and videotape or secretary? Feel free to add to the list….Lol ;^))

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    cmxx  14 days ago

    Extra points to anyone who knows how to pronounce “stringent” correctly without looking it up.

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    DivoFlamingo  14 days ago

    Next future theme for Nil’s next art show: Parameters. Exploring all the boundaries one can’t win at with tightly wound string.

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    liberalnlovinit  14 days ago

    I doubt that.

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    raybarb44  14 days ago

    This is crazy….

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    Ropey Wee Yoofo  14 days ago

    The reason I don’t bother to criticize Bernice is because she’s such a stereotype of a neurotic (why do you think I recognize it easily?) that I see no point. She’s become one of the Evanses’ stereotype characters (others are Frank DeGroot and Shannon Daytona), and I’ve believed for some time that the characterization is deliberately designed to provoke the reader into disliking Bernice. I refuse to, and instead I dislike the Evanses because I find this manipulative of them.

    It’s not just that Bernice has become stereotyped as a neurotic. It’s that she wasn’t one as a teenager, and she suddenly became one in the last few years.

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    kauri44  14 days ago

    Bernice is Nancy’s (remember her “not before marriage” sex talk?) long lost daughter, apparently.

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    Susan123  14 days ago

    Wild woman! you go Bernice!

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    montylc2001  14 days ago

    Just how can either one of them neck without any lips anyway?

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    STACEY MARSHALL Premium Member 13 days ago
    Bern is more wishy-washy than Charlie Brown.
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    Queen Wolfen  13 days ago

    This is a weird relationship…

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    ironman01  13 days ago

    If it feels go do it!

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    FrankSF Premium Member 13 days ago

    Bernice might as well start adopting cats now.

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    Prescott_Philosopher   13 days ago

    Karen evidently has a distorted view of a relationship. One of the joys of a new relationship is letting yourself go, immersing yourself within the relationship, within that new lover. NOT a relationship based upon parameters, i.e., holdbacks.

    Ah, young love. I remember it well.

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    bakana  13 days ago

    Bern considers herself a Slut for even Thinking about kissing.

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    JustMe  13 days ago

    This is so sad to me. I’m going to do some assuming here: Bernice has been so overrun with parental interference and fear (fear instilled by her parents based in “mistakes” that they have made) that she is almost incapable of being an adult without her inner parent chiming in and ruining her brain. She will grow and will eventually get there. But not without a whole LOT of therapy. It’s been my experience that the people who go into psychology, usually start out there to help them figure out their own mess inside their heads. Makes them really good at helping other people once they’ve figured out themselves (my opinion anyway – what better person to go to than someone with their own personal experience). She will be fine…eventually.

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    Maestro Amedeo   13 days ago

    Sex! It’s time. Maybe after about six orgasms, she MIGHT start to settle down. Geez!

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    pagercat  13 days ago

    Maybe Bern and Nil could start a swingers group with the Degroots. Gunther and Bets could join in…

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    w16521  13 days ago

    Talk about over analyzing things, geeezz..

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    GaryCooper  13 days ago

    OK, set parameters: Only make out during days that end with “y.”

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    phxhocking  13 days ago

    Yeah. That’s a really good way to ruin a relationship. Plan everything. Okay, we’ll only make out on Tuesdays and maybe Thursday, between 3:00 and 5:00, unless something else comes up. Uh. No. Life, and love, doesn’t work like that. And stop lying, Bernice! Stop lying to Luann, stop lying to yourself.

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    Sisyphos  13 days ago

    Gah! Seriously, Bernie?

    Get thee to a nunnery! You will never be able to keep a boyfriend….

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    Vilyehm  13 days ago

    Nil to Bernice:

    Can you talk in incomplete sentences?

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    Argythree  13 days ago

    This is actually becoming as painful to read as the last arcs about Gunther agonizing over Bets. Is anyone happy in this ’toon?

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